High Barn is a stunning barn conversion in a truly unique location!
Comfortable, welcoming and fully equipped for an extremely dog friendly holiday. Up a dead end track on the edge of the village of Happisburgh, the barn sits right up on the coast (the beach, pub, shop and fish shop are within an easy walk). The views from the barn are across the fields, along the coast and out to sea. Even more special are the views of the sunset and seascape from the balcony off the upstairs bedroom – truly magical at night when the stars are out.
The garden is large, laid to grass, surrounds the house as well as having a patio area and is very securely fenced with 6ft high fencing, cleverly designed to allow a view through as well as a secure boundary for all your dogs
…… and you can bring as many of them as you like for free!
When you arrive
There is plenty of parking for 4 – 5 cars on the dedicated gravel parking area. From here you can admire the views across the fields along the coast. Go through the gate with the pergola over the top and then onto the large patio with outside seating. This is west facing so you can sit here to enjoy the evening sun. The dog wash area (hot and cold water) is just off this patio.
Enter the barn through the front door and into the brick floored hallway. Turn right and go straight into the…..
Open plan living/dining/kitchen area
This area is ideal for everyone to use in their own way with whoever is cooking dinner being able to watch the tv, listen to music, talk to all the others in the room. A very lovely communal and sociable space! The floor throughout this room and all of the downstairs, is reclaimed brick which makes for an easy and comfortable surface to walk on and it warms up beautifully when the underfloor heating is on. There are French doors leading out onto the secure garden area too so the dogs can wander in and out in safety while you relax.
At one end is the living area with Tetrad sofas (seating 3 and 4) either side of the woodburning stove. We supply the first basket of logs and ask for a donation for other baskets taken from the outside wood pile during your stay. There is a Smart TV to watch and books to read. There are some nice pieces of unique and farmhouse style furniture and some individual pieces of art on the walls.
In the middle, between the kitchen and living areas is the pine farmhouse dining table, seating 8 if needed – very comfortably seating 6.
The kitchen area has a good size island with bar stools. There is plenty of cupboard space and a full range of cooking utensils for all your meals. There is a range cooker and an America style fridge-freezer with water and ice dispenser. You also have a microwave to use, a dishwasher, toaster and kettle (as you would expect!)
Go back through the hallway and you first of all come to the….
This has a useful butlers sink, plenty of cupboard space, a toilet, washing machine, clothes airer, all sorts of doggy stuff – toys, bowls, towels, poo bags, large memory foam dog beds, crates (one XL and one med).
Double bed with ensuite toilet, shower, basin and plenty of clothes storage/hanging space, bedside tables and lamps. The duvets and pillows are all feather and the bed linen is colourful and in keeping with the wonderful style of the barn. There is a large skylight overhead to watch the stars at night.
Double bed, again with ensuite, plenty of storage/hanging space and lamps on bedside tables. Bed linen is the same quality, type and style. There is also a skylight overhead in this room. This room is a little bigger than Bedroom 1 but otherwise they are both the same in terms of facilities and style.
Back into kitchen and up the stairs (with fitted stair gate at the bottom) to the main bedroom….
This huge room is a really wonderful space. The bed is a king size and there are 2 single beds (trundle beds) that can made up as a single or twin beds if needed.
At one end there is a large, fully tiled, white ensuite bathroom with bath, shower, sink and floor standing mirror. The bath is a free standing roll topped bath and in a position that you can lie back in the water and look up at the sky through the skylight – we have some amazing star lit nights in Norfolk! Next to this is the dressing room with plenty of space for clothes. There is a sofa tucked up against the bannisters and the antique rocking horse is a great feature.
Another wonderful feature of this room is the double doors opening out on to the balcony. Here you can sit and watch the sea, the sunrise, the stars, the horse in the field opposite and just take in the wonderful place you are in. You can hear the church bells on a Sunday and look out to sea at the lights of the ships on the horizon at night.
In addition to the patio there is garden all around the barn, mostly laid to grass but with some planted areas. There is a wood storage area and, rather uniquely, part of the corner of the boundary is formed by an old WW2 pill box.
The summer house is on the living room side of the house and has seating and fairy lights for enchanted evenings outside.
The garden is fully fenced all round with a combination of slatted fencing, backed up by stock mesh and hedges and is 6ft+ all the way round. Your dogs can run around in safety.
The surrounding area:
From High Barn you can walk to both Happisburgh Beach and Ostend/Walcott along the cliff top and down via the ramp access points. Both villages have dog friendly pubs, there is a small post office shop in Happisburgh and a larger, very well stocked one in Walcott. There is a dog friendly café in Walcott (Kingfisher Café) and another south of Happisburgh at Cart Gap (Smallsticks Café). Fish and chips are available at Smallsticks and also next to the Kingfisher Café. You don’t really need to get in the car at all while you are here! There are plenty of paths and tracks and quiet lanes to explore a different route each day.
(The current photos are not the final, professional ones but just in place to give you an idea of the barn)
High Barn is a non-smoking property inside but you are welcome to smoke responsibly in the garden.
We provide a poo-picker and bin for you to dispose of your dog mess without using bags if you want to (it gets added to our horse muck heap)
Heating is underfloor throughout the whole downstairs and there are independent heaters supplied for upstairs if needed but the house is very thermally efficient.
For the humans:
Feather duvet and pillows on all beds
Welcome pack of local and home made goodies
Comprehensive information folder about the house and the area
Map showing the area and pin pointed places to visit
Cot and highchair available
DVDs, books and games
First basket of wood for woodburner, donations requested for subsequent baskets
For the dogs
Large memory foam beds
2 crates – one XL, one medium. Others on requests
Throws for sofas
Bowls, poo bags, toys in the utlity room
Warm outside shower for washing sandy/muddy paws
Very secure and large outside area
Max No. of dogs: Unlimited
Location & Directions
How To Find Us:
Directions: From the A149 Stalham by pass, take the turning just north of Stalham, signposted to Bacton, Walcott and Gas Terminal. (Stepping Stone Lane) Turn left at the end of this road and keep going on the B1159 for approx. 4 miles. You will reach a crossroads signposted to Ridlington (left) and Happisburgh (right) Turn right and after about a mile you will reach a sharp right hand bend. Turn left off this bend and drive up past barn conversions and a thatched house where the road bears right. Here you will see a unmade track going off to the left. Follow this slowly and High Barn is at the far end of this lane, opposite the stables. There is an old WW2 pillbox just as you turn into the parking area.
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East Ruston Cottages Limited
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Sea Lows, Crowden Road, Eccles, Norfolk NR12 0SJ
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